Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Is this next year going to be a "10" for you?

As we look to 2010 it is with great hope and excitement!

We have 10 goals for year "10"

1. Finish the first stage of the building in Chan Chen and open the hotel worker's training center to volunteers by Dec.

2. Find a location for our church in Playa that we can use seven days a week as needed.

3. Grow the leadership team on the Spanish side of the church in Playa.

4. Open the institute to train hotel workers in Chan Chen by Fall 2010

5. Start doing a weekly Bible studies in Chan Chen that will leave to a new church in Chan Chen

6. Recruit 45+ new short term volunteer teams for 2011 to work in Chan Chen

7. Start a men's ministry in Playa that will reach out to young professionals

8. Continue to grow the Fellowship of the Riviera Maya Church in numbers and in faith.
We plan to have a regular attendance of 250+ at our weekend services by Dec 2010

9. Send out mission teams from our church in Playa to serve in Chan Chen, U.S. and Cuba.

10. Continue to build our online prayers support team... We are looking for 2010 more prayer partners in 2010..

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We are in Myrtle Beach SC this week

I need your prayers tonight as I speak at Oceanview Baptist Church.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

We Need Your Prayers for a busy week ahead

Please pray for our services tomorrow in Paamul and in Playa. Monday morning we are going to be flying to Myrtle Beach SC to speak at Ocean View Baptist Church.. We do need your prayers.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Mission Team from Alaska headed back this morning they did a great job.

Randy Carruth Director of I am able ministry is here this week. Pray for us a we plan to bring volunteer team to here us work in the Mayan Zone.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner with the Fellowship Church of the Riviera Maya 2009

We have over 275 people come out to our Thanksgiving Dinner in Paamul. We had people for literally all going the world at this event. For some it was the first time they had ever celebrated Thanksgiving and for the Canadians who live in Paamul they celebrated it twin this year, Canada's Thanksgiving Day is in Oct.. We had a mission team of six adults from Rabbit Creek Community Church in Alaska come down to here us with this event and they did a great Job. Darla did a lot of the cooking and most of the organizing. It was great time! 14 Turkeys and 3 hams and a room full of desserts we have so much to be Thankful for.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New website

Check it out! We have a new missions website

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Meeting needs and sharing the love of Christ

Chucho is a great kid.. He now has a new wheelchair.... Thank you for your support and prayers.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Medical clinic in the village Hondzonot

The Doctors saw about 100 people it was an experience that no one on the team will soon forget. They leave today to go home. We handed out about $50,000 worth of Medicine this week. Please pray for the people of Hondzonot. I am planning to be back out there on Sat. I am going to try to buy a wheelchair for the little boy that is photo above. He has never been about to walk but he seems to have a great spirit.

Monday, November 16, 2009


We are very busy and God is bringing more and more people to our three Sunday Services.

We are planing a big Thanksgiving Day outreach dinner please pray that this would be a big sucess.

Today we are doing a Medical Clinic out in the Mayan Zone....

This team from South Carolina leaves on Tues.

Friday a team from Alaska comes in.

Nov. 26 is the Thanksgiving outreach

Nov. 29 new sermon series on Marriage "Marriage 7.0"

Nov. 30 Group from Alaska leaves and a friend a mission supporter arrives to do a one man mission trip.

Dec 7th We fly to SC to speak at a mission conference

Dec 14th we return to Mexico

We are getting into a very busy time please pray for us.....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today was a day of prayer walks.... and handing out fliers in Playa. Playa Del Carmen is a city of 250,000 full time residents and maybe another 30,000 tourist... Please pray for our city..

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Medical Team from South Carolina Arrives in Mexico

The team came in with about 400 lbs of medical supplies it was a small miracle that they got it all through customs.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

All is calm in Playa...

We are praising the Lord today that Ida past by bringing only a little rain. God is Good! We were able to have church today in both locations. Thanks for your prayers

Friday, November 6, 2009

Please pray for us this weekend

It looks like a Tropical Storm could be headed our way Sunday... Please pray for our services this weekend. We are looking forward to a medical team coming in next Tuesday please pray for this team as well.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This is the flier for our next sermon series

Pray that God would use this flier and this next series of Messages.

Friday, October 30, 2009

I asking you to pray for our Sunday Services

This Sunday we are restarting our 8:30am service in Paamul.

We meet in Playa at 10:15 and in Spanish at 11:30 this will be a full morning. We need your prayers.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pray for our Leadership Team in Playa

These three guys along with me make up our leadership team in Playa.

(Left) Daniel PeƱalver is our praise and worship leaders and also serves a pastor to our growing Cuba Community.

(Center) Christian Carballo - Christian is doing most of our preaching on the Spanish side of the church. Christian needs your prayers this Friday as he has dental surgery
(right) Luis Garcia - we call him our pastor of facebook, he is our connection pastor making sure people are connecting with our church.

And I (Doug) need your prayer as well as I lead this team to build a great church.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"And they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen."Luke 24:52-53

Pray for our staff meeting today and our services on Sunday that they would be filled with great joy.

Pray also for the work on the hotel workers training center in Chan Chen. We have an online group on Facebook called Chan Chen Mission Project I want to invite you to join and learn more about what God is doing in this small village. check here

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Worship in Playa

We are seeing a lot of new people coming to our Sunday Worship services each week. This is pretty amazing because we don't have the money to spend on promotion. The only adverting we are doing is word of mouth. If you are in Playa you are going to need to check it out. God is Woring in Playa. Pray for our Paamul service as well we are going to try to restart Nov. 1.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Need your prayers as we start a new sermon series

We are going to start this weekend a new 5 week study, I am calling "from the Heart of Fellowship Church." We are going to anwser the question why is Fellowship here and what are we hoping to see happen. We start tomorrow by talking about what does it look like to be a mature follower of Jesus Christ in Playa Del Carmen Mexico in 2009. Pray that God would feel our building tomorrow with people are really to hear from the heart of God.

Sept. 27 – Spiritually Mature
What does it look like anyway?
Most of the time we operate with a flawed understanding of what it looks like to be spiritually mature. This faulty definition has caused many churches to actually get in the way of those interested in a relationship with God. So what does it look like to spiritually mature? And how do you get there? In this session we'll discuss how you can partner with Fellowship church to move in the right direction and bring others along with you. When you think about spiritual maturity, what comes to mind? Read Matthew 22:37-39.

Oct, 4 – Attracting the Non-religious
As you read through the accounts of Jesus' life you can't escape this simple but often overlooked question, Why would Jesus spend so much time with people who were clearly not God-fearing to the neglect of those who considered themselves more religious? As we explore Luke 15 to find the answer to this question, we'll uncover the driving force behind our church's past, present and future direction.

Oct. 11 – The Most Important Question. Who is Jesus?
Those who resist Christianity often do so because they have many unanswered questions. But when considering Christianity there is one question that trumps all the others. It doesn't answer the others, but it does put them into perspective. In this session we'll discuss how an influential man was transformed by this very question. Acts 9:1-22.

Oct. 18 You really can change.
People love to make predictions about the future—but all too often, those predictions are wrong! Why base our lives on predictions when God has promised us that we can really change? In Matthew 13, we find Jesus speaking to the crowds in a parable, as he often did. The people in the crowd were there for a variety of reasons—some to see what the fuss was about, others to see a show, and still others to listen—and to hear what the Master would say. Through this parable about seeds and soil, Jesus was really talking about all of us. And what he wants us to know is that personal growth is not only possible, it is expected. It’s something God wants to produce in our lives. Personal growth comes to those who have learned to listen. In this lesson, we’ll explore the three things that stop us from listening and three things that invite us to listen, as we look at Jesus’ explanation of this parable from Mark 4.

Oct 25 - Our mission in the world.

We will look the mission God had given Fellowship Church and who we plan to carry out that mission.
God did not create us just to live for yourself. He wants you to care about the hurting people in your life. He wants you to make a difference with your life. He put you on this planet to make a contribution. You were planned for God’s pleasure. You were formed for God’s family. You were created to be like Christ. You were shaped to serve God. And you were made for a mission.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Another Great Sunday!

Last Monday on my way back from checking on our work in village of Chan Chan I did something I rarely do and would not recommend as a way of church out reach, I picked up a group of men who were hitchhiking. The good news is they did not kill me and all seven of them came to church this morning that is a God thing. Pray for these men and their families I am going to meet with them and their families tomorrow morning out in the village of Antonio on my way to Chan Chen.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Celebrating Mexican Independence with our youth Group

Had a great time with the youth tonight in Playa. Celebrating freedom, playing Wii, eating pizza and praying together.
"Viva Mexico!"
The Grito de Dolores ("Cry of/from Dolores") was the battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence, uttered on September 16, 1810 by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato. Viva Mexico

Monday, September 14, 2009

Out in Chan Chen Today

I was out in Chan Chen today.... The project is going well the money is coming in slow so the work is slow but somehow we are keeping the project going and that is a praise the Lord.

On the way back home today I picked up two hitch hikers I was able to talk to them about the Lord and about our church in Playa. They say they are going to be at church Sunday. Many people in our area seem to be really looking for help but not just a handout, real help. It is a different season here in Playa, people have always been superficially open but now many are really seeking help.

Pray for our church in Playa and our work in the Mayan Zone. So few English speakers are here at this time of year so we are not planing to start meeting again in Paamul until Nov. 1st.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pray for our Sunday Services

We are changing the meeting for the English speaking worship services and I have not had the time and or the money to get the word out. We are going to be meeting Paamul at 8:30am and in Playa at 10:15am. Pray that God would being people to each of these worship services. We are also doing a food drive. This is the heart of low season here and many families are hurting... Pray that our church will help meet the needs of the hungry..

Monday, September 7, 2009

Things are Changing we need your prayers

We are celebrating today the great week we had with the group from Canada. We also need your prayers as we go through a few changes on the English side of the church. Terry and Debbie Hill are going to be moving to Tulum and working to plant a church down there. We are going to be changing our meeting times in Paamul to 8:30AM and Playa meeting time will be 10:15am

Pray people will come of all our services pray also that lives would be changed.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Playing with the kids Chan Chen

We had a great day today playing with the kids in Chan Chen. We have now built many friendships in this small Mayan village about 2 hours east of Playa Del Carmen. Today we saw about 400 children come to a kids program.... It was a little crazy at times but in the end the kids understood that we love them and the God also loves them.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mission Team from Steinbach, Manitoba

I am learning a lot about Canadian geography this week. Today our first mission team from Canada arrived. We are exicited about the week to come. Pray for this team as we are going to be working out in the Mayan Village of Chan Chen.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

We are getting ready for a youth mission team from Canada who will be coming in this weekend. We are going to be working out the Mayan Zone. Pray for this team... and our weekend services.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Great day of worship Sunday

We had a great time in all three services Sunday. We preach on the " You are light of the World" We handed out small flashlight to everyone and did a modern day candlelight service. It was a lot of fun and I am sure we will remember this one.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pray for tonight’s meeting in Paamul

We are expecting to have about 30 adults at a meeting tonight to talk and make plans to reach our community for Christ. Many of these people are new believers we are excited about what God is going to do this Fall.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Staying on focus.....

People need the Lord that is the bottom line. Sometimes we that have been Christains for a while forget what it is like to live without hope to really be lost. Telling others about the Good News of Jesus Christ, is this our purpose for living as Christians? Yes. Why then do so few Christians share their faith? Why are we not fishing? I guess we could find many excuses but one of the reasons is we Christian do not like to think about what it really means to be lost, separated from the love of God. We see very little difference in the church people and the people of the world. We think oh it would be nice if my friend or family member would come to Christ. They would be a little better off. Maybe their marriage would be a little better, maybe they would not drink as much and with a miracle they could quit smoking… Yes, we think they would be a little better off with Christ in thier life but it’s not worth the risk of rejection…. I don’t want to offend anyone… Have you ever been to a funeral of a lost person someone you love who you knew did not believe in Christ. We say things, “like they look so peaceful” but they are not in a place of peace they are in Hell, yes Hell… Did you know that Jesus talked more about hell than he did about heaven or love. Hell is a reality…. Have you ever burned your finger? Thing about how painful that was, nothing compared to the pain of Hell. This life is short. If something does not change, if someone does not start fishing, 95% of the people living here in Playa del Carmen will spend eternality in hell, your friends your neighbors your family members. This should break your heart…. One day Christ will return, will be fishing. This morning I am crying out to God for the 300,000 people living in our city who are lost an with hope.. Will you join me in Prayer?-

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Awesome Day of Worship

God is moving on the Spanish Side of our Church in Playa. We had 26 make decisions for Christ today in the Service. Nine of these were first time visitors to our church. They all are saying they want to be more active in sharing God's love with the lost in this area. This is a lot of fun! 26 people in love with Jesus....

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Walls are still going up in Chan Chen

We are continuing to move forward on the project to train hotel working in Chan Chen. Read more
We need your prayers and your financial support as we go forward.

Friday, July 31, 2009

At peace in Chan Chen

Real peace is having the faith of a child....

Back in the heat of Mexico

Yes, back in the heat of Mexico

We are back at it and it is HOT HOT HOT,,,We need your prayers today. I am going out to the Mayan village of Chan Chen this morning with Pastor Mark Goodman from Alaska... He and his wife are here on a family mission trip.We are looking forward to our Weekend Celebration as the church comes together.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

We are in North Carolina this week.

Darla and I are visiting with my folks in Greenville NC this week.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Visiting with Family in Missouri

Great Weather 78 degree high in July!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We made it

After five weeks of volunteer mission teams we are taking a short vacation in the States. Next Monday will be Darla's birthday so we plan to be with her Mom in Puxico Mo. Our son Brandon is going to be coming over from Dallas so this is going to be a good time with family.

Friday, July 10, 2009

When you don't have Power you can't get a Mexican Visa

Today we when to pickup our FM2 visa. Living in Mexico for 13 years now this has just become part of our life, it's what we do every July. We have tickets to go to the States on Tuesday and the imagination office said that our papers would be ready today. We need this visa to leave the country. We went in first thing this morning and the office did not have electricity.. NO POWER NO VISA. Well we need you prayers that Monday we can get the needed papers to leave the country.

The Alaska youth are leaving today and we have a very busy weekend coming up.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Looking forward to a trip to the States

We are planing on going to visit our family in the States on the 14th of July. We are getting our Mexican visas renewed this week so pray it all comes through on time for us to make the trip.

Debbie Hill is home now at their house in Playa. She is going to have a few months of rehabilitation with the knee but she seems to be in great spirits.

The group of students are still out in Chan Chen they are coming out tomorrow. Yesterday morning it was 95 degrees in the house where the are staying. This is extreme heat for kids from Alaska....

Start praying now for a movement of God in Playa. Starting August 16th we are going to launch a city wide campaign "OPCs PARA CRISTO" Christ has called us to be fishers of Men.

OPC is a timeshare term that means "outside personal contact".... We are praying that we will enlist at least 25 OPCs to work for our church leading people to Christ.

God hears your prayers so please pray.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Pray for Debbie Hill

We have been so busy with a group of 19 volunteers here from Rabbit Creeck Community Church in Alaska I have not had time to get on the computer but we do need your prayers. Debbie Hill our English Pastor's wife fell yesterday and missed up her knee. She is in surgery in the hospital in Cancun this morning...

Pray also for the group we have here they are going on the camp out in Chan Chen for the next three days.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Yesterdays beach sweep

The youth group from OVBC along with our local youth cleaning the beaches.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

The construction continues on the hotel mission training center in Chan Chen.

We are building a eight room hotel to house mission teams and train the locals to work with tourist.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Why do we keep going and giving?

Another trip out to small village of Chan Chen and another one planed for Friday. You might ask why do we keep on going and giving? I'm not trying to sound "Spiritual" but we are commanded to Go.... Second we love the people of Chan Chen and we want them to know and experience the love of Christ.
Youth group from SC playing with the kids

OVBC donated over $1000 in new books to the school in Chan Chen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mission Team from SC Arrives

Plan for the Week

Wed. Trip to the Mayan Village of Chan Chen
Thur. AM painting at the church in paamul
PM Fellowship with local students
Fri. Chan Chen trip -
Sat. Free day
Sunday Church all day 4 services
Monday. Block party for kids in Playa

Please pray for all this activities knowing that God is at work.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Be careful what songs you sing

The words to one of the songs we often sing at church goes something this

"Brokenness, brokenness is what I long for
Brokenness is what I need"

I sometimes wonder if God is listening to the words of our worship songs. This weekend it seemed like he most have heard this song. Have you ever had a Sunday when everything broke. Or maybe God heard this Song that we sing a lot:

"When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless Your heart"

You would not believe all the things that stop working this Sunday. I had worked all night Sat. reformatting the hard drive on my computer it was working great Sunday Morning and then for some unknown reason it would not work at all for the church services Sunday. Then the Sound System died at Paamul. So we had Fellowship Church unplugged in Paamul Sunday night. I had lost my sermon notes in the computer crash but for the most part I remembered my sermon. I also broke my glasses can you believe it. All was broken, no computer, no sound system, no sight, And my heart was also broken Sunday as I discovered that a good friend had really made some poor choices that is going to hurt many people. But in the middle of all this we still saw God at work.
After the service we checked out the sound system and the computer and it all worked great.

Coleman and his team of youth have been a great encouragement. They are getting to see missions life up close and we are learning once again life is not about stuff.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pray for our Sunday Services

We have had a busy week. We are seeing God continue to change lives. Last night at one of the small groups one young lady found new life is Christ as his open her heart to HIM..

Pray for our men as we celebrate family day tomorrow........

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Great day to be on God's team

He had a 20 of us make our way out to the small village of Chan Chen today. I had my weekly bible study with Rodolfo in his home in Chan Chen. We also saw God at work as about 50 kids came out to the mission VBS and Rodolfo lead a prayer in Mayan for the kids . It was one of the first times he had prayed in public..

Difficult Monday

Monday started with the power going out in our house we have learned that we are going to need to have our house rewired about a $3000 job... Yesterday to had our staff meeting and our small group leaders meeting in our hot house. That was only the start to a real bad Monday. Darla took our dog Maya to the vet to have her spaded, we watch to much Bob Barker growing up. Anyway the dog died in the vet's office, we could not believe it. As if that was not enough bad stuff for one day my new computer crashed and I have lost all my email stuff onces again.

I preached a sermon about Roman 8:28 this past week... Pray for us as we put our Hope in the Lord.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Busy Weekend upcoming

We have two mission teams here this weekend. Sunday we have so much going on and we do need your prayers. 9:30 English service in Playa, 11:00 til 12:30 Spanish service in Playa, 1:00 kid's party in Paamul, English 101 class at Terry's house in Playa, 5:30pm Worship in Paamul and 7:30 youth worship in Spanish... Busy Busy Busy.

Please pray

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

pray for the Youth of this area

We have a youth missions team coming in from South Carolina today. This group is going to be here for three weeks. The plan is to launch a student ministry in our church. We have a couple from Corpus Christi Texas, Alan and Rosie Schmitgen, who are also here for about four weeks. We need your prayers as we reach out to the youth of this area.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

First meeting with youth leaders.

I met tonight with four student that are very exisited about what God is going to do in the lives of students in Playa Del Carmen. We hope to have our first student lead worship Sunday night the 14th this week be a new weekly service in Paamul. Pray for this new beginning.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Project in Chan Chen

The Chan Chen Project is moving forward on all fronts. Today I lead a home bible study in the home of a community leader in Chan Chen. God is at work! We need your prayers as we try to show the Love of Christ to the Mayan people of Chan Chen. We are seeing the walls going up on our Mission hotel project and the walls coming down in the hearts of the people. We need your prayers and support.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Great crowd this morning in Spanish Service

We had about 40 first time visitors this morning..... Thank to the Lord and the hard work of passing out 9000 fliers this week. The mission team from Alabama was not here to see the results of their hard work but we felt their prayers.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Speaking of a message of Hope

This week we have handed out about 9000 invitations to our church services in Playa. I personally talked to hundreds of people this week and when I talked about hope for the future you could see in the eyes of each person this was their hearts desire. Most people moved to Playa looking for a better life now with all the stuff that has happened, most have lost hope.

Please pray for a movement of God in Playa.